NZ spinners star in shock win over India

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP): New Zealand’s spinners inflicted a shock 47-run defeat on tournament favourites India in the first game of the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner grabbed 4-11, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-18 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum added 2-15 on a helpful pitch as India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs. New Zealand had earlier reached 126-7 in the Group Two match. Captain Kane Williamson’s decision to go in with three spinners paid off as India, which came into the tournament with 10 wins in 11 previous T20 games, failed to come to terms with the slow pitch. New Zealand have now beaten India in all five T20 games between the two teams, including two times at the World Twenty20. India had beaten South Africa inside three days in a Test here last year, but the turn on offer this time proved detrimental. Sodhi struck first ball as the in-form Virat Kohli (23) edged one to the wicketkeeper, at which stage India were 39-5. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to rally his team, but his knock of 30 was of little use. “It was a low-scoring wicket,” Dhoni said. “I thought we restricted them to a good total, but the batting let us down. The shot selection kept putting pressure on the batsmen coming in. “They bowled well and exploited the conditions, but we lacked adaptability. We could have applied ourselves more.” Earlier, India restricted New Zealand to a moderate total with left-hander Corey Anderson holding the innings together. He scored 34 before being dismissed by pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah while trying to scoop the ball towards fine leg. Luke Ronchi got an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls down the order. “It was a tough surface,” Williamson said. “Any score was going to be tough here, but we would have liked to have a few more. We went in with this bowling attack after we had a look at the conditions.”last_img read more

Chimp-Human Genes Evolved Much Faster Than Expected

first_imgIt’s been all over the news lately – human DNA shows surprisingly divergent regions from chimpanzee counterparts.  The Houston Chronicle, for instance, summarizes the find:Searching across the four genomes, the team looked for regions of DNA about 100 letters long that had made the biggest leaps. One, they found, had changed nearly twice as much as any other region, with 18 letters of DNA different between humans and chimps. A similar stretch of chicken DNA, they found, has all but two letters in common with the chimp DNA.The evolutionary explanation is two-fold: (1) this region of human DNA must have evolved 70 times as fast as other parts, and (2) the lack of evolution between chicken and chimp for this region must mean that “this region of the DNA had been stable for a long time, hundreds of millions of years.”    See also Medical News Today and Associated Press report on NC Star News.We just claimed yesterday that “Darwinian evolution is so malleable that it bends itself to every anomaly, and therefore fails” the scientific criteria of testability and verifiability (08/21/2006).  Here’s another example.  Rather than wear sackcloth and ashes and moan and wail over their sins, they spin this story into support for Darwin.  Now they expect to believe that these genes sat there undisturbed for hundreds of millions of years, only to explode into activity after Bonzo’s kid had a mutation, and presto! philosophy.  Gong; next.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SuperSport stun Manchester City

first_img15 July 2013It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Manchester football supporter. England champions United lost 1-0 to a Singha All Stars XI in Thailand, while runners-up City went down 2-0 to South African Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.It was an inauspicious first game in charge of Manchester City for Manuel Pellegrini after his move from Spain’s Malaga.Although missing some star players, the Sky Blues trotted out plenty of big guns for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match, but Pellegrini chose to play two different sides in each half and it backfired as SuperSport United upset their more fancied opponents.ChancesThe visitors created some decent opportunities in the first half, but were left to rue not taking any of them when Mame Niang netted for Matsatsantsa in the 56th minute. Kermit Erasmus then ensured a win for SuperSport with a second goal in the 81st minute.Afterwards, Pellegrini told the Manchester City Football Club website: “First of all it’s my first match in charge, but for Manchester City and for me it’s an honour to participate here in South Africa.“The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.‘I’m not worried’“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season. I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”Pellegrini used the game to give new signing Fernandinho a run-out, but his star- studded side failed to impress.Edin Dzeko had City’s best chance of an entertaining first half, but Ronwen Williams raced out of his goal to pull off a brave double-save at the Bosnian star’s feet.The contest flowed back and forth as SuperSport showed no fear of their big-name opponents and took the game to them, opening up a number of chances down the right flank.Second halfIn the second half, City’s new line-up lacked some of the cohesion the first half team had exhibited and they paid for it when United, who like City had made a number of changes, took the lead through Mame Niang, who rose high to meet an Innocent Mdledle cross and head home and put SuperSport into the lead.Substitute Kermit Erasmus then sealed the victory nine minutes from time after a strong run and shot past Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.United’s new coach, Cavin Johnson, who has taken over from Gavin Hunt, who was in charge for six years, tried to downplay the result, saying his players should not read too much into it.He did suggest, though, that similar commitment would put them in the hunt for PSL honours.AmazuluManchester City next face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Kick-off is at 20:00.AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guiness Book of Records, is on display in Durban.The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior.last_img read more

3 Video Production & Post Related Kickstarter Projects

first_imgCTRL CONSOLE$35,000 goal  •  Technologist Jeff Chow is aiming to introduce a game-changing application into the non-linear video editing marketplace.  As video editors, we’ve adapted to using keyboards (and shortcuts) to do our work.  Jeff makes an interesting point saying that keyboards were meant for typing, not editing.  CTRL CONSOLE takes the keyboard out of the equation – a video editing controller that is optimized for common editing tasks.  This is the highest dollar campaign of the three, but it’s almost the most intensive.  The implications it could have on how we edit video are substantial.Check out the Kickstarter page or video below:BOOMPRO$4,000 goal  •  The BoomPro gives the GoPro camera a new perspective. The BoomPro is essentially a camera mounted boom pole that can attach to a helmet, but instead of facing outward it faces toward the wearer.  This would be great for capturing action sport athletes (cyclists, dirt bikers, etc).  Check out the video for an example of these really cool looking shots.Check out the Kickstarter page or video below: Interested in the future of video production & post? Check out 3 Kickstarter campaigns that are aimed at bringing exciting new video products to market.Crowdsourcing site Kickstarter represents a fair share of independent filmmakers and content creators, but there’s also projects aimed at improving video production and editing tools.  The following 3 Kickstarter campaigns each hope to make their video related products available to the professional community.  Check them out below or head over to their Kickstarter pages to give them a funding boost!ANAMORPHICA$8,000 goal  •  The gang behind Anamorphica recently reached out to us to tell us about their newest Kickstarter project.  They hope to create a pack of high quality anamorphic lens flares that are accessible to independent filmmakers, giving them a high-dollar “Hollywood look”.  The flares will be created organically, so the funds are going to renting cameras and anamorphic lenses for creating the effects.  The resulting product will be a pack of 20 flares that can add punch to any film or video project.Check out the Kickstarter page or video below:last_img read more

Forget iPhone or Pixel, Xiaomi Mi A2 is best smartphone of 2018 because it’s perfect for India

first_img2018 has almost come to an end, which means it’s time for us to look back at some of the best phones launched this year. Now when we think of best, we think of phones like the Pixel 3, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, the Galaxy Note 9, the OnePlus 6T and so on a so forth. If you are keeping a tab on tech sites you must have seen the best smartphones of 2018 lists all over them and these lists are full of super expensive (and also technically brilliant) phones. But ask yourself this: how many people does a phone like the iPhone XS with its price of Rs 99,900 or a phone like the Pixel 3 XL with a price of Rs 83,000 serve in India? Not many you will say. This is why the phone of the year for me is the humble Xiaomi Mi A2.It doesn’t matter how good is the phone. What matters is how many people it has delighted, for how many people it has turned out to be useful. And it is in this context I call the Mi A2 a phone that made some impact in 2018 in India. It delighted and helped more people than a phone like the iPhone XS or the Galaxy Note 9.You see, while the focus throughout the year was on some of the flagship models that offered new technology to the market, the budget segments is where the revolution really happened. Within a year, we saw the edge-to-edge notch display becoming a norm for phones priced even under Rs 10,000. Smart computational photography has also become a need for consumers in this segment. The demand for fast performance clubbed with long-lasting battery life led smartphone manufacturers to burn the midnight oil and come up with compelling options without demanding eye-watering prices.advertisement There was a time when you had to shell a fortune to get the best smartphone user experience. However, the points of differentiation between a flagship phone and one of its more affordable kin have boiled down to just the level of performance and cameras. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a perfect example of this fact.When I first used the Mi A2, I felt that Xiaomi had lost the plot of its Android One series of smartphones. The Mi A1 offered almost everything in the right measure with the goodness of a stock Android interface. With the Mi A2, Xiaomi ditched the highly useful 3.5mm headphone jack and avoided shoving in a bigger battery. On paper, it seemed like the Mi A2 was a disaster, especially when the competition was offering competent offerings with higher specs as well as numbers in some regards.However, as I kept using the phone for a few days, the Mi A2 gradually started to make sense. Being a tech journalist, I rely on my phones for staying connected to the world every millisecond of the day. The phones I use keep throwing notifications from news websites, Twitter channels, YouTube channels and other sources of information. And as they keep coming, I tap on every single one of them to go through the content.It doesn’t matter how good is the phone. What matters is how many people it has delighted, for how many people it has turned out to be useful. And it is in this context I call the Mi A2 a phone that made some impact in 2018 in India.Alongside that, I also need my phone for clicking photos at press events. The camera needs to cope up well with diverse lighting conditions while having a very low failure rate. I also use my phone to write reports on-spot while communicating with the workplace. And when the time comes to settle for the day, I pick up my phone for a brief session of PUBG MOBILE or F1 Mobile Racing. And I expect that the phone doesn’t die in-between my bust workflow.The Mi A2 is able to cope up with all that with absolute ease. I picked up the phone before the day and it kept going on until I retired. Whenever I needed the phone, it was there, ready to accept all my commands. The stock Android Oreo OS at the time of my usage was a great relief after coming from another phone with a heavily customised UI. All the apps were readily available for use and they launched with almost no lag. Animations were fluid and the whole phone felt comparable to a flagship Pixel 2 or the OnePlus 6 in terms of effortless usability. If a phone keeps working without lags for days, it never irritates the user and is a sign of good software optimization.advertisement Part of that fluid performance also has to do with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The Snapdragon 660 is now considered to be a standard offering under Rs 20,000, but earlier this year, the Mi A2 was responsible for bringing the premium chip to the affordable segments. The Snapdragon 660 with the Adreno 512 GPU makes for smooth gaming performance. The chip also manages power efficiently, which is required on a phone that sports a rather average 3000mAh battery.While the 3000mAh battery seems inadequate at first glance, it begins to make sense when it’s paired with a clean and power efficient stock Android OS. The battery easily lasts for a day even when I used it heavily. The addition of Quick Charge 4.0 to the recipe makes it a perfect choice for those who prefer to keep the battery topped up even when sitting by a socket for 15 minutes. I am told that the new Android 9 Pie update has improved the battery life considerably, which is a win-win situation for Mi A2 users.However, for most people, a phone is a statement of their persona. Xiaomi pays special attention to the build quality on their devices and with the Mi A2, they took it up by several notches. The smooth and curvy metal body with a matte finish imparts a luxurious feel. It’s a finish that I didn’t mind flaunting at times in front of the new iPhones and Samsung Galaxys. Surely, glass looks better at times. But the understated elegance that a metal bodies phone provides is unmatched. And if I drop, I know that I won’t have to shed tears over a cracked rear panel.The front has the fairly modern 18:9 display with thick forehead and chin. While the notched display maybe trendy for some, the “un-notched” narrow-bezel display looks classy and offers a uniform viewing experience with no hindrance. The display is also fairly good in terms of colour reproduction and contrast. Although, other phones at this price offer better displays.This is not meant to indicate that the Mi A2 is flawless. I certainly wished that Xiaomi had considered retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack and opted for a slightly better screen as well as a bigger battery.However, what impressed me most in the Mi A2 is the camera setup. The 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual rear cameras are extremely capable in terms of hardware. I took out the Mi A2 in various lighting conditions and for most parts, it never disappointed. Xiaomi’s software enhancements made sure that most of the casual photos I took were Instagram-ready. I am not a fan of selfies but the 20-megapixel front camera did deliver exceptionally well, especially with the software assisted portrait mode.Is this coming from a Xiaomi fanboy?Definitely not!My job allows me to witness some of the finest smartphones to come out every year. Every single week, I keep on switching to a new smartphone that comes in for review, with most of them being flagship-grade smartphones. So, no it is not coming from a Xiaomi fanboy.advertisementI rate the Mi A2 so high because it brings impeccable smartphone experience within reach for a huge number of consumers in India. It’s good enough for what most of us need from a smartphone. As I stated, you pick it up and it will work as intended 90 per cent of the times. Those are great odds. It becomes more impressive when you consider that it sells for Rs 15,999, which is a quarter of what you pay for a Google Pixel 3. This is not meant to indicate that the Mi A2 is flawless. I certainly wished that Xiaomi had considered retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack and opted for a slightly better screen as well as a bigger battery. However, the positives overcome the drawbacks here and I felt more satisfied in carrying a phone with me that offers a smartphone experience that I desire for a price that doesn’t beg me to reconsider my budget plans for the year. In my opinion, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the best smartphone most Indian consumers can buy in 2018 and I expect to see a worthy successor next year.ALSO READ | Mi A2 is the first Android One phone from Xiaomi to get Android 9 Pie’s sweetness, global rollout begins todayALSO READ | Poco F1 Android 9 Pie update now rolling out, but some Pie features are missingALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Two steps forward, two steps backlast_img read more

Whos Who in the Baltimore Mayoral Race

first_imgJoshua HarrisCommunity organizer and communications worker Joshua Harris outlines his solutions to things like housing, energy and social justice on his campaign website. In the speech he gave announcing his candidacy for mayor, he said that some of the city’s woes stem from a communication breakdown between city leaders and residents “[In communications], the traditional and older model is send a message-receiver, and I also believe that that is the common mode that the city operates under . . . we are the sender, we want to get [the message] out, and you receive it. We also now have to incorporate the feedback,” he said. Officially filed: yes Baltimore’s primary election is not until April 26, but a major milestone is coming up. The candidates looking to become the city’s next mayor must file their paperwork with the State Board of Elections by February 3. Here are the current frontrunners. Some of the candidates had not officially filed as of press time. (The following candidates appear in alphabetical order.) Carl StokesOn his website, the city councilmember writes that he believes that investing in neighborhoods and redeveloping abandoned housing are keys to making Baltimore better. He underscores this statement with a reprint of the speech he gave when he announced his candidacy back in December. “When I am mayor, there will be new standards for Tax Increment Financing. You want help? You show that you will benefit a community – parks, jobs, capital improvements. And the community will decide what they need before any TIF is granted. We will invest in neighborhoods and there will be accountability,” the speech reads. Officially filed: no Patrick GutierreGutierrez is a former bank executive who believes he can take the skills he learned in that job, and use them to make Baltimore better. “Seeing the dysfunction in city government and knowing my background as an operations manager was specifically to go in and address the same problems that city government has. You know, there’s no accountability anywhere, there’s no transparency, the communication is poor and when you have those things you get the results that we’re getting,” he said in an interview with the AFRO. On his website, he has posted his five steps to a better police department – a plan that calls for body cameras, a better civilian review board and incentives for officers to live in the communities they police in, among other things. Officially filed: yes Elizabeth EmbryEmbry, who is currently on leave from her job as Chief of the Criminal Division for the Attorney General, says that she will roll out a comprehensive plan detailing what changes she’d make as mayor in the coming weeks. In an interview with the AFRO, she said her experience prosecuting crime could be a big asset to the city. “I’ve seen what can work, but what I’ve also seen in the criminal justice system is what happens when every system does not work. To me, the criminal justice system is what you see when everything fails,” she said. Officially filed: no Sheila DixonIn early January, Dixon released a four-point plan aimed at making the city safer. In it, she suggests ways to stop gun violence, make changes to the police department and make city agencies more unified. “This has been a year of profound hardship for our city. With the painful loss of Freddie Gray, the entrenched conflicts that his death brought to the surface, and the horrifying spike in violence that followed, we all strive to find words of healing and actions to match. But that takes leadership, and that is what I’m offering the citizens of this city,” she writes on her website. Officially filed: nocenter_img David WarnockThe businessman and philanthropist told the AFRO that he is working on a comprehensive plan detailing the changes he’d make as mayor, with help from people like former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick and Community College of Baltimore County president Sandra Kurtinitis. “I think this election is about ideas, it’s about change and it’s about whether we’re ok with business as usual,” he said. “There are tactical things that are in her [Sheila Dixon’s] plan and in Nick’s [Mosby] plan that we’ll all do. The question is, are you really going to create sustainable significant change for the city?” Officially filed: yes Nick MosbyNick Mosby, who currently serves on the Baltimore City Council and is the husband of State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, has issued a 15-point plan of what he would do as mayor called “Connecting the Dots.” The plan targets things like education, public safety and jobs. “City Hall’s job is to Connect the Dots that define our wellbeing, providing an honest, reliable vision that guides our residents along their individual paths to shared success,” he writes on his website. Officially filed: no Catherine PughThis is the current state senator’s second run for mayor of Baltimore. She has also served on the Baltimore City Council and was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates. On her website, she points to her long career in politics as proof she’d be a good mayor for the city. She says she has passed over 150 pieces of legislation. Officially filed: yes Calvin YoungIn a September interview with the AFRO, Young said that his work as a jet engine engineer and as National Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers could help him lead the city. He said that as mayor, he would focus on education, removing lead from city homes and improving the relationship between the police and he community. “I’m running to provide a counterpoint to what we’ve heard about our city for decades – crime, drugs, homicides – that does not have to be what Baltimore is about moving forward,” he said. Officially filed: yeslast_img read more

Bidhannagar Police inaugurates kiosk at airport arrival point

first_imgKolkata: The Bidhannagar City Police on Monday inaugurated a police kiosk at the airport arrival point near gate 2B.”It will work round-the-clock as an assistance booth, along with prepaid taxi booking facility. The kiosk’s construction has been in accordance with the aesthetics of the airport,” a senior police official of Bidhannagar Commissionerate said. The programme was attended by Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar, Gyanwant Singh, Airport director Atul Dikshit and senior CISF officials. The police are hopeful that the kiosk will play an important role to facilitate the passengers in availing taxi from the airport. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Airports Authority of India (AAI) has recently urged Bidhannagar City Police to regulate and streamline the movement of the yellow taxis and the app cabs to reduce the waiting time of passengers, after they land at Kolkata Airport, at the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) meeting. “The drivers of yellow taxis have a tendency to take over the entire pick up lane at the airport arrival level, resulting in congestion and passengers booking app cabs have to wait for a long time. These yellow taxis flout rules and invade the portion of the lane meant for Uber and Ola cabs, to block their way,” a senior AAI official said.last_img read more